Vusal Guliyev, originally from Azerbaijan, is enrolled as a Ph.D. Candidate in International Politics at the School of International Relations & Public Affairs (SIRPA) of Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) jointly with the SGS Program of Shanghai Municipal Government, where he also received an LL.M. in China Studies under the CSC Program of Chinese Government in 2018. He held a Visiting Research Fellowship at the Asia-Pacific Research Center (APAM) of Ankara University, Turkey in 2020. In addition, he participated in the Joint-Research Programs at the Kyushu University of Japan within the Inter-University Cooperation in 2017 and 2019, respectively. His main research area is Governance and Development in Eurasia; Global Trade and Developing Countries; "BRI" (Belt & Road Initiative) and China-Central and West Asia Economic Corridor; Rise of China in the Regional and Global Context; Chinese Foreign Policy toward the Middle East and the South Caucasus.